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Howard Earl Hawley, Sr
Birth: Jun. 5, 1886
Milford Center
Union County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 1965
Delaware
Delaware County
Ohio, USA

Howard E. Hawley Sr was the son of Delano John and Addie (Smith) Hawley. He was born in Milford Center, Ohio. In 1893 he moved with his family to Columbus, Ohio, settling near The Ohio State University.

A 1904 graduate of Columbus North High School, he went on to graduate from The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Law (LL.B) 1909 (Honors).

Howard began a law career in Columbus but decided to put his personal ethics above his career. The family story on this is that he was working at a large firm in Columbus and was representing a man in a divorce case. To win the case he found out he had to lie about the activities of the man's wife. He removed himself from the case and after a tense conversation with his superiors, left the firm at his own will.

Shortly after ending his career in Columbus he and wife Jessie (Whom he married in Columbus, Ohio on 16 Sep 1909) moved west, first to Missoula, MT (where his occupation was listed as Attorney on the 1910 Census) and next to Timber Valley, WA before settling in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife left Columbus seemingly to put distance between themselves and disapproval coming from both sides of the family regarding his choice to leave a promising law career.

For 10 years he lived with his growing family in the Pacific Northwest. During this time he worked in a variety of jobs, from St. John's Ferry Gateman to timekeeper at local concerns and as a welder in a shipyard. Family letters indicate that he made several unsuccessful attempts at getting political appointments/government jobs once in Portland.

In the early 1920s, Howard Sr and family moved back to Ohio at the illness of his mother in law, Lucy Eve (McClelland) Hafford.

After living in Columbus for a short time at the Hafford home at 2105 Indiana Avenue, Howard purchased a farm near Harlem TWP in Delaware County (1922). The farm was planted in vegetable gardens, fruit trees and chicken coops, from which he took produce and sold in Columbus and local environs (the farm was located on what today is known as Miller-Paul Rd, across from Royal American Golf Course).

Howard served as a Justice of the Peace for Harlem TWP, Delaware County, Ohio for several terms between 1932 and 1950. He was appointed in 1932 and was elected by the people until 1946, term expiring in 1950. His hand written case files can be found (as of 2013) in the archives at the Ohio Historical Society. Howard also served as a Sunday school teacher in the local Methodist Church and took education classes at his alma mater, The Ohio State University.

At the time of his death he had been retired for several years, but still grew and sold produce locally. He was the father of Milford Fremont Hawley, Virginia Hawley Bisberg, Howard E. Hawley Jr., Genevieve Hawley Muth and Willard Hawley. He passed away of a massive stroke at Jane Case Hospital in Delaware, Ohio. Howard was remembered as a quiet man, and a man who cared deeply for his family.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Delano John Hawley (1851 - 1927)
  Adeline Darling Smith Hawley (1853 - 1942)
 
 Spouse:
  Jessie Eliza Hafford Hawley (1887 - 1971)*
 
 Children:
  Milford Fremont Hawley (1911 - 1911)*
  Virginia Rose Hawley Bisberg (1913 - 1990)*
  Howard Earl Hawley (1914 - 1997)*
  Ruth Genevieve Hawley Muth (1923 - 1984)*
  Willard Bryant Hawley (1924 - 1985)*
 
 Siblings:
  Perry Delano Hawley (1874 - 1958)*
  Daisy May Hawley (1877 - 1879)*
  Howard Earl Hawley (1886 - 1965)
  Chester George Hawley (1891 - 1952)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sunbury Memorial Park
Sunbury
Delaware County
Ohio, USA
Plot: McFarland Additon No. 2, Section 1, Lot 105
GPS (lat/lon): 40.24555, -82.86103
 
Created by: Scott Hawley
Record added: Feb 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47951203
Howard Earl Hawley, Sr
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Howard Earl Hawley, Sr
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Howard Earl Hawley, Sr
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For my Great-Grandfather... OSU class of 1909
- Scott Hawley
 Added: Sep. 6, 2014
 
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